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  • 2022 Bathurst 1000 – everything you need to know
    01 October 2022

    All the facts and figures you need to watch and enjoy the greatest race in Australian motorsport.

    The greatest rivalry in Australian motorsport – Ford-versus-Holden at Mount Panorama – is about to end.

    The red-against-blue battle began in the 1960s and ends on 9 October with the 2022 running of the Bathurst 1000, as Holden and Ford line-up against each other for the final time.

    Although Holden ended local manufacturing in 2017 – and left Australia altogether at the end of 2020 – a racing version of the imported ‘Commodore’ (a rebadged sedan from General Motors’ former European division) remained eligible for the V8 Supercars category until the end of this season.

    V8 Supercars racing changes forever in 2023 when an all-new Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro – built to new regulations for V8-powered coupes called ‘Gen3’ – begin a new era of touring car racing.

    Amid the upcoming changes, the basics at Bathurst in 2022 remain the same – two drivers racing flat-out over 1000 kilometres, stopping to re-stock the car’s fuel and tyres, as well as changing brakes for safety – before a final sprint to the chequered flag.

    Only two types of cars are racing – the V8-powered Holden Commodore ‘ZB’ sedan (the model code for the imported model to wear the Commodore badge) and Ford Mustang coupe – unlike previous years, when a range of diverse car brands filled the grid.

    This year’s starting line-up includes 28 cars as the regular 25-car field for V8 Supercars championship sprint races is boosted by three ‘Wildcard’ entries including Commodores for legendary drivers and multiple Bathurst winners Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy.

    The Ones to Watch:

    Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander: The 2020 winners are short-odds favourites this year, as both are in cracking form and van Gisbergen has been near-unbeatable in sprint races on his way to back-to-back V8 Supercars titles. They are the only genuine A+ combination in the field and their Triple Eight team knows how to win at Mount Panorama.

    Chaz Mostert/Fabian Coulthard: Mostert is the defending Bathurst champion and, despite an up-and-down sprint season this year, he and his team could easily hit Mount Panorama with the same speed as 2021. He has the vastly experienced Coulthard as his co-driver in his first year as a part-timer, so both have a point to prove.

    Will Davison/Alex Davison: Will Davison is the form driver for Ford this year, showing the trademark style and mechanical sympathy he has turned into two victories at the Bathurst 1000. He is always relaxed with his older brother Alex as co-driver, and badly wants to give him a Bathurst win. This pair might not be the pick in a door-to-door battle at the finish, but if they hit the front and manage to gap the field, they could easily stay there.

    Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser: Realistically, the ageing seven-time race winner and his rookie apprentice should have no chance of victory, but no-one bets against Lowndes at Bathurst and the pair have a crack Commodore from the Triple Eight team for their Wildcard start. This could be Lowndes’ last race in the Bathurst 1000 so keep an eye on him.

    Fast facts:

    • Date – Sunday 9 October 2022
    • Start time – 11.15am
    • Race Distance – 161 laps
    • Track Distance – 6.213km
    • Pit stops – seven compulsory (can vary for tactics)
    • Race lap record – 2 minutes 04.7602 (Chaz Mostert, Ford Mustang, 2019)
    • Qualifying record – 2 minutes 03.5592 (Cam Waters, Ford Mustang, 2020)
    • Fastest lap – 2 minutes 03.4815 (Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang, practice 2019)
    • Longest race time – 7 hours 58 minutes 53.2052 seconds (2014)
    • Shortest race time – 6 hours 1 minute 44.8637 seconds (2021)
    • Tyre allocation – 60 Dunlop hard compound
    • Fuel – 800 litres
    • Crew – 15 total for 2 cars/9 designated pit crew

    The field

    Car Number Drivers Team Car
    2 Nick Percat/Warren Luff Walkinshaw-Andretti-United Holden Commodore
    3 Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard Cool Drive Ford Mustang
    4 Jack Smith/Jaxon Evans Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore
    5 James Courtney/Zane Goddard Tickford Racing Ford Mustang
    6 Cam Waters/James Moffat Tickford Racing Ford Mustang
    8 Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore
    9 Will Brown/Jack Perkins Erebus Racing Holden Commodore
    10 Lee Holdsworth/Matt Payne Grove Racing Ford Mustang
    11 Anton De Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto Dick Johnson Racing Ford Mustang
    14 Bryce Fullwood/Dean Fiore Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore
    17 Will Davison/Alex Davison Dick Johnson Racing Ford Mustang
    18 Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso Team 18 Holden Commodore
    20 Scott Pye/Tyler Everingham Team 18 Holden Commodore
    22 Chris Pither/Cameron Hill PremiAir Racing Holden Commodore
    25 Chaz Mostert/Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw-Andretti-United Holden Commodore
    26 David Reynolds/Matt Campbell Grove Racing Ford Mustang
    31 James Golding/Dylan O’Keefe PremiAir Racing Holden Commodore
    34 Jack Le Brocq/Aaron Seton Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore
    35 Todd Hazelwood/Jayden Ojeda Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore
    51 Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy (Wildcard) Erebus Racing Holden Commodore
    55 Thomas Randle/Zak Best Tickford Racing Ford Mustang
    56 Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki Tickford Racing Ford Mustang
    88 Broc Feeney/Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore
    96 Macauley Jones/Jordan Boys Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore
    97 Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore
    99 Brodie Kostecki/David Russell Erebus Racing Holden Commodore
    118 Matt Chahda/Jaylyn Robotham (Wildcard) Matt Chadha Motorsport Ford Mustang
    888 Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser (Wildcard) Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore

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  • 4 essential car restoration tips you might not know
    01 October 2022
    Classic car collectors know their passion for iconic vehicles can require substantial investments. Car restoration can also become more of a chore than anticipated. However, if you love owning and investing in classic cars, then exploring the restoration process may also be a welcomed challenge. Whether you’re interested in a particular make and model or […]
  • No seatbelt is still a big killer on the roads
    01 October 2022

    One-third of road fatalities in Britain – and more than 15 per cent of road deaths in Australia – are linked to vehicle occupants not wearing a seatbelt, as authorities remain frustrated by the number of people who still need a reminder.

    Not buckling a seatbelt was a factor in 30 per cent of UK road fatalities in 2021, according to official government figures.

    For people aged 19 to 27, the figure was 40 per cent.

    The numbers were far worse for people driving at night, where failing to use a seatbelt was a factor in 47 per cent of deaths.

    There is also a gender split to the statistics, as the Department for Transport said 34 per cent of men killed in car crashes weren’t wearing a seatbelt, compared with 20 per cent of women. 

    The latest figures from the Department, as reported by Autocar magazine, cover 2021 and show 1558 people were killed in crashes in Britain – up seven per cent from 2020 when 1460 people died despite Covid-related restrictions on travel.

    The total number of road casualties of all types in the UK was 128,209 in 2021.

    “This is a dreadful jump in road deaths where wearing a seatbelt may well have been the difference between surviving or dying in a road crash,” said Jack Cousens, the head of roads policy at the AA (formerly the Automobile Association).

    “Release from pandemic lockdowns may have fuelled some of the surge, but the rate of death while not wearing a seatbelt was surging even before Covid.

    “There may need to be a road safety campaign to raise the danger once again. Clearly the message is being forgotten.”

    Though not as high as the UK lack of seatbelt use, Australia also has a disturbingly high number of road deaths related to occupants not wearing a seatbelt.

    The most recent national data shows about 15 per cent of vehicle occupants killed on Australian roads annually are not wearing a seatbelt.

    While seatbelt-related deaths are more prevalent with truck drivers – who can more easily avoid detection due to their high driving position – Australian authorities and first-responders remain concerned about the number of fatalities involving young children, teens, and novice drivers who were not wearing a seatbelt.

    One veteran highway patrol officer, who recently attended a multiple fatality involving a car-load of unbelted occupants, told Drive: “No-one deserves to turn up to a scene like that. It’s heart-breaking. Please, people, wear a f—ing seatbelt and we all get to go home happy.”

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  • Plastic roads from recycled bottles rolled out in Europe
    01 October 2022

    Lego-style roads built with pre-fabricated plastic panels have been rolled out in Holland with some big promises.

    Plastic roads promising more strength, easier repairs, better drainage and improved access for service cabling have been created by a Danish construction company.

    The panels for the PlasticRoad system are created from waste plastics, including drink bottles, in a project started in 2015 by the VolkerWessels construction company.

    It has been installing PlasticRoad panels since 2018 for use as minor roads, cycle paths, railway access and car parks, however for now the technology is only used in light-duty applications rather than major roadways.

    “VolkerWessels’ subsidiary KWS is hard at work creating the next generation of roads: PlasticRoad,” the Dutch company said on its website.

    “Not only is its modular design lightweight, quicker to install and more durable, PlasticRoad also provides a solution to a global environmental problem: the growing mountain of plastic waste.

    “The modular design of PlasticRoad drastically cuts maintenance time and its lifespan is three times longer than that of conventional roads, massively reducing diversions due to roadworks.

    “In addition the prefabricated road parts are ready to use as soon as they are installed: plug-and-play. Building roads as you would with Lego.”

    The pre-formed plastic panels are created with large internal cavities, for improved drainage and service cabling, but also with internal ribbing to provide the strength needed to support people and vehicles.

    Apart from the plastic recycling, VolkerWessels also claims an 85 per cent reduction in emissions for the installation of PlasticRoad, compared with conventional bitumen or concrete roads.

    Drive has contacted VolkerWessels for more information on PlasticRoad, and its potential introduction in Australia, but we are yet to receive a reply.

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  • Kenworth, Toyota Prove Fuel Cell Electric Truck Capabilities
    01 October 2022

    Toyota Motor North America and Kenworth Truck Company are proud to announce they have proven the capabilities of their jointly designed heavy-duty, Class 8 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as a potential zero-emissions replacement of diesel-powered trucks with the completion of their operations in the Zero- and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) “Shore to Store” […]

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  • Do You Care That The Mercedes-AMG C63 S Only Has Four Cylinders?
    01 October 2022

    There’s a horsepower war raging and Mercedes-AMG has just reached for the nuke button, delivering an all-new 2024 C63 S with so much muscle it makes its BMW M3 rival look like its competing in an entirely different market.

    With the help of hybrid assistance the latest C63 S produces 671 hp (680 PS), which is a staggering 167 hp (170 PS) more than what the M3 Competition makes. It’s the same story with torque: 752 lb-ft (1,020 Nm) plays 479 lb-ft (650 Nm). It’s hard to see how the M3 has a hope of catching up until BMW launches an all-new car in several years’ time.

    But does it need to catch up? There are a couple of other figures that stand out on the C63’s spec sheet beside the power output. One is the number of driven wheels, which is now four for the first time; another is the colossal 4,489 lbs (2,036 kg) curb weight. And yet another is the number of cylinders: four. The old C63 S could lord it over the M3 by reminding us even though they made the same power, the AMG had a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 and the BMW only had a 3.0-liter turbo six. But now the C63 S has downgraded right down to a 2.0-liter turbo four.

    Related: 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Returns As A 671-HP Plug-In Hybrid That Says 4 Cylinders Is Fine

    Obviously we’re in no position to make a call on the success of that move until we’ve driven one (and seen how many Merc sells), but we’ve be lying if we said the idea of a $100k super sedan with an inline four gets us as excited as the thought of one with a six or V8, no matter how much more power it makes or how easier it is to live with.

    There’s just something deliciously naughty about a firing up an engine that’s way bigger than it needs to be, hearing the way it sounds at startup, at idle and under load and how that sound changes as you ask more of it. Cars with big ICE motors have a swagger that small ones don’t, and while we’ve driven enough hot hatches to know you can make plenty of noise and power with a four-cylinder engine, they’re rarely as interesting to listen to or as characterful as an engine with more pistons.

    But on the flip side it’s going to be difficult to say no to 168 extra ponies, and although there’s only 0.1-second between the C63 S’s published 3.4-second zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) time and the 3.5 seconds BMW claims for the M3 Competition xDrive, and the C63 weighs much more, we suspect the Benz will romp away in the slew of YouTube drag race videos heading our way next spring.

    But we want to know whether that matters to you. Is absolute power and performance the most important consideration when choosing a car like an AMG C63 S? Or would you rather take a horsepower hit and have the M3’s additional cylinders, much like Lamborghini buyers happily choose the Huracan and its naturally aspirated V10 over turbocharged Ferrari and McLaren rivals that make it look puny? Leave a comment and let us know whether it matters to you that the AMG has “only” a four-cylinder ICE engine.

  • CERTAIN DEATH? Audi Debuts Audi Q4 e-tron And Sportback With HIGHER PRICES And NO Tax Write-Off. And Did We Mention It's UGLY AS SIN?
    01 October 2022
  • Top 5 Best Car Batteries (2022 Buyer’s Guide)
    01 October 2022

    Affiliate Disclosure: As an affiliate of Advance Auto Parts and an Amazon Associate, Automoblog may earn a commission if you purchase one of the car batteries below. This commission comes to us at no additional cost to you.   

    #1: Best Overall: Optima RedTop Specifications (RedTop Group Size 35)
    • Type: AGM
    • CCA: 720
    • Weight: 31.7 lbs.
    • Dimensions LxWxH: 9.38 x 6.75 x 7.69 inches.
    • Voltage: 12V
    • Reserve Capacity at 25 Amps: 90 minutes.
    • Warranty: Three years of personal use or one year of commercial use.
    Why Optima RedTop?

    Leading our list of best car batteries is the Optima RedTop because of its reputation for quality and durability. One thing we look for, especially with essential maintenance items like tires, brakes, belts, and batteries, is the longevity of a particular brand. Optima has been selling batteries for 40 years, which makes us more comfortable spending money on something like the RedTop. 

    Optima Batteries are known for their “Spiral Cell” design. In so many words, it’s a series of individual spiral-wound cells composed of two pure (99.99%) lead plates coated in lead oxide. Each of these spiral cells looks like a jelly roll when finished. The benefits include a spill-proof, maintenance-free battery with better vibration resistance and higher reserve capacity. 

    Although more than ideal for a standard sedan or crossover, the Optima RedTop is also great if you drive something like a Jeep. The RedTop is built like a brick house, so the durability is there for rugged terrain.

    Optima RedTop

    The Optima RedTop fits all late-model sedans, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. With its Spiral Cell design, the RedTop provides a steady power source for your vehicle in all weather conditions.

    Every RedTop battery comes with a three-year, free replacement warranty.
    #2: Best Runner Up: DieHard Platinum AGM Specifications (DieHard Platinum AGM Group Size 35)
    • Type: AGM
    • CCA: 650
    • Weight: 40.4 lbs.
    • Dimensions LxWxH: 9.06 x 6.94 x 8.88 inches.
    • Voltage: 12V
    • Reserve Capacity: 100 minutes.
    • Warranty: Three-year free replacement.
    Why DieHard Platinum?

    Like the Optima RedTop, we trust DieHard batteries because of the brand’s longevity and continually high customer reviews. However, our recommendation for DieHard batteries comes mainly from personal experience.

    We ran a DieHard battery in our first compact truck, a higher mileage 2001 Ford Ranger with a 4.0 SOHC V6 we bought in the summer of 2003. Since the mileage was higher than average, we did some work on it that fall, anticipating a rough winter ahead in Sioux City, Iowa, where we were living at the time. We changed the oil, flushed the coolant, replaced the tires, and swapped out the factory battery for a DieHard one.

    While it was cold that winter (like all Iowa winters), there were also some crazy temperature swings. One day there would be record high temperatures in the 60s, followed by below zero wind chills. At the time, we were working on a farm in Monona County near Onawa, Iowa. We spent most of that winter tending to old fences, cleaning and replacing parts on the equipment, and making a space in the Morton Building for our incoming shipment of Renze Hybrids.

    We basically drove the wheels off that Ranger during that first winter and every season after that. We traded that truck in 2008 for another Ranger, with that DieHard battery from the summer of 2003 still under the hood.

    DieHard Platinum AGM
    Best Runner Up

    The DieHard Platinum is an excellent battery for late model vehicles with electronic-intensive features, like heated seats, navigation, reverse cameras, advanced infotainment and connectivity systems, and start-stop technology.

    Every DieHard battery comes with a three-year, free replacement warranty.
    #3: Best Service Life: Odyssey Performance Specifications (Odyssey Performance Series ODP-AGM96R)
    • Type: AGM
    • CCA: 600
    • Weight: 40.3 lbs.
    • Dimensions LxWxH: 9.50 x 6.90 x 6.90 inches.
    • Voltage: 12V
    • Reserve Capacity: 90 minutes.
    • Warranty: Three-year free replacement.
    Why Odyssey Performance?

    Odyssey batteries have an impressive spec sheet, which is why they make our list of the best car batteries (and our list of the best truck batteries). Although the spiral wound design like Optima uses is effective, Odyssey takes a different approach in how they construct their batteries.

    Inside an Odyssey battery is a series of flat plates made of pure lead instead of lead alloy. This allows the plates to be much thinner than average, meaning more can fit inside the battery. More plates mean more surface area, which means more cranking power and reserve capacity for your car. The plates employ “intercell connectors” to help resist vibrations and eliminate internal sparking.

    Odyssey batteries have tremendous temperature performance, functioning in conditions as low as negative 40º and as high as 140º (with even higher temperature resistance if your Odyssey battery has a metal jacket). Depending on the model, Odyssey batteries have a service life of as long as a decade.

    Odyssey Performance Series
    Best Service Life

    Odyssey batteries have a long service life, high reliability, and deep cycle capability, making them an excellent choice for any truck, SUV, sedan, or crossover. Thanks to their internal design, Odyssey batteries deliver twice the power and triple the life of a conventional lead acid battery.

    Odyssey batteries come with a three-year warranty through Advance Auto Parts.
    #4: Best For GM Vehicles: ACDelco Gold Specifications (ACDelco Gold 94R AGM)
    • Type: AGM
    • CCA: 850
    • Weight: 51.6 lbs.
    • Dimensions LxWxH: 12.4 x 6.90 x 7.5 inches.
    • Voltage: 12V
    • Reserve Capacity: 90 minutes.
    • Warranty: Three-year free replacement.
    Why ACDelco for GM Vehicles?

    Although the other batteries here will provide your GM vehicle with plenty of juice, we recommend ACDelco exclusively if you drive a Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac. ACDelco has been involved with General Motors since 1908 and is considered “GM Original Equipment,” meaning it’s a factory-grade battery. Thanks to their precision engineering, enhanced testing, and exact fitting, ACDelco parts are installed on millions of GM vehicles yearly.

    ACDelco AGM batteries feature full-frame, stamped grids (for durability), thicker positive plates (improved cyclability), negative cell clearance with compression to improve vibration resistance, and a cover designed to protect against self-discharge.

    ACDelco Gold
    BestGM Battery

    ACDelco batteries are internally pressurized to increase vibration resistance and maximize overall service life. As a Genuine GM Part, ACDelco batteries can handle the higher electrical demands of luxury vehicles, such as Cadillacs and Buicks. Similarly, if you own a GM truck or SUV, an ACDelco battery is your best option.

    Every ACDelco battery comes with a three-year warranty.
    #5: Best Budget Battery: EverStart Maxx Why EverStart?

    EverStart is a signature of every Walmart Auto Car Center, similar to how DieHard was synonymous with Sears for many years. The EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Battery is the least expensive option on our list of the best car batteries, with solid ratings on the Walmart’s website. Walmart will also install EverStart batteries for free after purchase.

    The only potential drawback is how the EverStart Maxx is a lead-acid battery versus an AGM battery. Lead-acid batteries may not last as long as their AGM counterparts and may be at a disadvantage if your vehicle has a number of electrical accessories. AGM batteries often fare better in cold and hot weather when compared to lead-acid batteries too.

    However, the price is right, and if you are sticking to a strict budget for car repairs, then opt for the EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Battery.

    EverStart Maxx
    BestBudget Battery

    EverStart batteries are compatible with a range of makes and models, including sedans and SUVs. These lead-acid automotive batteries deliver 850 cold cranking amps for reliable starts, regardless of the weather conditions.

    EverStart batteries can be installed and tested at any Walmart Auto Care Center.
    Other Helpful Tips

    When to buy: Make sure to replace your battery as soon as possible, especially if you cannot remember the last time you had it changed. The links above for each battery will take you directly to where you can purchase it.

    Buy the correct group size: Group size requirements will vary by automaker, but the best way to see what your vehicle requires is to consult your owner’s manual.

    Remember the warranty: Just as you would do with any other auto part, make sure to read over the warranty when purchasing a new battery.

    Ask a trusted mechanic for advice: Qualified automotive technicians have the education, certifications, and experience to help you pick the right battery for your car.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What Are AGM Batteries?

    There are many types of car batteries, but there are two general classifications: Flooded battery (wet cell) and Valve Regulated Lead Acid or VRLA battery.

    Except for the EverStart, all the batteries on this list are AGM batteries or “Absorbent Glass Mat.” AGM batteries have fiberglass separators or glass mats that “absorb” the electrolyte solution inside the battery. Based on their design, AGM batteries perform better than traditional batteries. Compared to standard batteries, AGM batteries can charge five times faster, last three times longer, and cycle down to 80 percent of their DoD or Depth of Discharge (a percentage of the battery that can be drained without damaging the cells).

    What is Battery Reserve Capacity?

    This is the amount of time a battery will last with the headlights on, under a 25 amp draw (or load), until it’s completely discharged. Having a battery with a high reserve capacity is a bonus, especially if you drive a vehicle with auto start/stop or one with additional accessories that require extra power.

    What Are Cold Cranking Amps?

    Like reserve capacity, cold cranking amps (CCA) is another important term you will see when shopping for a battery. In so many words, it’s the number of amps that can be harnessed from a 12-volt battery at 0°F for 30 seconds, while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2 volts (or 1.2 volts per cell). The higher the number of cold cranking amps, the stronger the “starting power” of the battery.

    Though cold cranking amps are essential, they are not the “end-all, be-all.” With the increased amount of electronics in vehicles today, reserve capacity is just as important. While a battery with a high CCA rating has its benefits, your vehicle might not necessitate such a battery. When selecting a battery, it’s more important to have one that best matches the requirements and specifications of your vehicle instead of one with just a high CCA rating.

    Original article: Top 5 Best Car Batteries (2022 Buyer’s Guide)

Motorsport Blogs

01 October 2022

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  • F1: Singapore GP: Post Qualifying press conference
    01 October 2022
    Today's post-qualifying press conference with Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton.
  • F1: Mistakes are never acceptable says an angry Verstappen
    01 October 2022
    World champion is left seething after being told to abort possible pole-winning lap due to fuel fears.
  • Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Conference
    01 October 2022

    Singapore GP - Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Conference

  • Volt Racing - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Champions
    01 October 2022

     


    Having missed out on the Championship win last season by just three hundred and forty points, the #7 Volt Racing Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 crew of Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman finally came through the final race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series last night to claim their ultimate prize.

    After another brutal but thoroughly entertaining ten round season, this weekend’s visit to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta saw the brightly liveried #7 car do what it effectively needed to do to preserve their now reduced lead from the #56 Murillo Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 of Eric Foss to claim the title. 


    Not the most exciting of a race for them we have to say after Brynjolfsson had earlier claimed a second row start in P3 before seeing out his forty-minute minimum driver time stint in eighth position before handing the car over to Hindman to take it to the end.

    In a season that has seen the IMSA compete at the best of racetracks that the USA and Canada can offer, only the near total disaster round at VIR saw the crew blot their copy book of race results after an issue on track and four laps lost cast them down to a P18 finish after a steady stream of podium finishes and race win took the car to the top of the table within the second half of the season.


    Beyond any ‘frontmen’ who’s performances are visible to all there is of course a huge team behind them and this year that accolade goes to the Wright Motorsport team who gave the crew a reliable set of wheels whilst Hindman gave Brynjolfsson the encourage and guidance to race his race game that little bit extra to succeed in what has been recorded as only his sixth year of competitive racing.

    Having claimed the Michelin Pilot Challenge’s top prize, the businessman left little time to confirm his immediate desire to move up to the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship within their available GTD class – question is though, is in what car?? Lets hope that AMR's North America agents CSJ Motorsport can cut them a deal on a new Vantage GTD!!


    Congratulations to all involved.

    Photo credits - Team / Jamey Price Photo / IMSA

     

     

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  • Lewis Hamilton: “I was pushing so hard and it was incredibly close”
    01 October 2022

    For much of Q3 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Lewis Hamilton was a contender for pole position, but when the chequered flag fell, he found himself only third on the grid.

    The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver had been quick initially in Q3 as drivers used Pirelli’s dry weather tyres for the first time in the session, but his final run saw him struggling for grip, and it cost him as he missed out on pole to Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just 0.054 seconds.

    As close as the times were at the front of the field, Hamilton also found himself behind Oracle Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Pérez, meaning his run of failing to secure a front row start in 2022 continues, but he hopes for a more positive Sunday in Singapore.

    “I was pushing so hard and it was incredibly close,” said Hamilton.  “It was really difficult to get to a position where we could be fighting for first place and I just didn’t have enough grip on the last lap.

    “Coming here, we didn’t know how close we could be this weekend. We knew we’d be stronger than in Monza, but we didn’t know exactly how much. Nonetheless, I am grateful to be on the second row tomorrow.

    “And I’m thankful to the team for continuing to push. We just keep our head down and hope for a positive day tomorrow.”

    “The grip felt good, I just couldn’t get around any corners” – George Russell

    Team-mate George Russell was a surprise casualty in Q2 in Singapore, with the Briton missing out on the top ten by just 0.006 seconds.

    Russell, who took his maiden pole position of his Formula 1 career earlier in the year at the Hungaroring, revealed that he struggled with a brake-related issue throughout Qualifying, and it worsened enough in Q2 to force him to lose out to Kevin Magnussen on a place inside Q3.

    Despite the disappointment on Saturday, Russell believes he can make progress on Sunday and continue his remarkable run of scoring top five finishes in all bar one race so far in 2022.

    “I was struggling with a brake-related issue, pushing me into the corners,” said Russell.  “The grip felt good, I just couldn’t get around any corners.

    “I kept understeering off, which is such a shame. I don’t think we’d have been any better in Q3, because of that problem. We’ve seen some indications in the data and I hope we can resolve it until tomorrow.

    “Obviously, it’s disappointing for myself and the whole team as the car was looking strong here. Lewis was really fast, but unfortunately, I couldn’t make it work.

    “It’s still an encouraging weekend for us all in all, but obviously, we’re here to score points and ultimately this is a qualifying track. Fortunately, the degradation is looking high and it could be a two stop race tomorrow.”

    George Russell was eliminated in Q2 on Saturday – Credit: LAT Images
  • Fuel Shortage “a mistake that we didn’t see coming” – Max Verstappen
    01 October 2022

    Max Verstappen was forced to abort his final flying lap in Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix by his Oracle Red Bull Racing engineers after they detected that he would run out of fuel should be complete it.

    The Dutchman driver was ultimately forced to settle for eighth on the grid at the Marina Bay Street Circuit having already aborted a couple of laps prior to the final one, and he admitted he should have completed at least one of those laps that could have seen him higher up the grid.

    Had Verstappen run out of fuel, he would not have had the mandatory one kilogram of fuel needed for a sample by the stewards, and he risked disqualification had he gone on.

    “We couldn’t finish the push lap today because we wouldn’t have had enough fuel in the car, it was a mistake that we didn’t see coming throughout the session,” said Verstappen.  “We were a little surprised by the additional lap at the end, we didn’t expect to have to do that.

    “I was on for a good lap when I aborted before starting the last lap, it might have been pole. In hindsight we should have finished the penultimate lap, instead I had to abort two laps, but hindsight is a great thing.”

    Verstappen does not believe it will be easy to make gains on Sunday, but he will be doing everything he can to fight for the podium places.

    “We’ll see what we can do tomorrow but I think it will be a frustrating race, starting eighth around here is similar to Monaco, there aren’t many overtaking opportunities and it’s really hard to pass,” he added.

    “I think we have done a solid job today” – Sergio Pérez

    Team-mate Sergio Pérez felt his Red Bull team made great calls during Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday, and he rewarded them by putting his RB18 onto the front row of the grid.

    The Mexican came into Saturday with limited knowledge after a difficult Friday, but he did a great job in Qualifying to qualify second, although he was disappointed to be as close to Charles Leclerc’s pole setting time.

    “I think we have done a solid job today, the Team made great calls and we managed to get an excellent result in the end,” said Pérez. “I am a bit disappointed to be so close to Charles on such a long lap because it makes you think I could have done better in so many places but at the same time it was so tricky out there with the conditions.

    “It was our worst Friday of the season yesterday; we didn’t have any mileage and we had issues with set-up too, so we didn’t have a read on things, but we went back over things and have come out strong.”

    Pérez says he will be doing everything he can to fight for the victory on Sunday, and he knows the start will be all-important if he is to get ahead of Scuderia Ferrari’s Leclerc.

    “I will try everything I possibly can to win tomorrow, I think the start will be very important so I will try everything but if that doesn’t work, I have 61 laps more, then it is a long race ahead, let’s see what happens,” the Mexican said.

    Sergio Pérez will start second on the grid in Singapore – Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd
  • Charles Leclerc claims his ninth Pole Position of the season at the Singapore GP
    01 October 2022

    Charles Leclerc secured his ninth FIA Formula 1 World Championship pole position of the season around the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore as Max Verstappen on his birthday weekend could only manage eighth on the grid for tomorrow’s race after aborting his second run and being told by his Oracle Red Bull Racing team to pit on his third run due to running low on fuel.

    Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez will line up on front row of the grid behind Leclerc with Lewis Hamilton putting on an impressive display throughout qualifying to put himself and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team on the second row in third position.

    Q1: Williams out, Surprising exit for Esteban Ocon

    Before qualifying had begun, Hamilton had been summoned to the stewards for wearing a nose stud which the FIA made clear a few months ago that drivers would not be allowed to wear any kind of jewellery while out on track. This has been ongoing between Hamilton and the FIA for a little while now as the British driver luckily avoided a fine but Mercedes were fined twenty-five thousand euros even though the team claims he wasn’t wearing any jewellery.

    All the drivers started the first round of qualifying on the intermediate tyres as Verstappen went quickest in the first session with a 1:53.057 outpacing both Hamilton and Leclerc who were over three tenths behind the Dutchman.

    The first round of qualifying saw a surprise exit for BWT Alpine F1 Team’s Esteban Ocon who complained of braking issues on his second run which may have meant that he had to lift and cost on his final lap which would have affected his time as he’ll be starting tomorrow’s race in eighteenth.

    Behind the Frenchman for tomorrow’s race will be both Williams Racing drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi who were both knocked out as they couldn’t improve on their first run times.

    It is an achievement in itself though that Albon is even racing this weekend following an operation where he had his appendix removed three weeks ago and why he was replaced by Nyck de Vries at Monza, as he faced a race against the clock to be fit for the Singapore which, he has been able to do.

    More disappointment for Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo who were the last two drivers to be knocked out of the first round of qualifying as they will start from sixteenth and seventeenth place tomorrow.

    Q2: Shock exit for George Russell, Aston Martin out, AlphaTauri through

    Leclerc went quickest in the second round of qualifying with a 1:52:343 as he edged out both Hamilton and Verstappen by over three tenths.

    But, the main talking point of the second round of qualifying was Russell’s shock exit as he could only manage eleventh on the grid for tomorrow’s race, missing out on a place in the final round of qualifying by just 0.006s.

    With around six minutes to go in the session, Leclerc told the Ferrari team that he wanted to put slicks on as he felt the track was drying up however, the team over-ruled him and put him on a fresh pair of intermediate tyres.

    Lance Stroll was the first driver to go out on slicks with the soft tyre for his second run. However, they did not pay off for the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team drivers who struggled to get temperature on the dry tyres and which subsequently, knocked both Stroll and Sebastian Vettel out of the second round of qualifying with Stroll even going off track at one point near the end of the session as he was unable to get warmth into his tyres.

    Haas F1 Team’s Mick Schumacher and Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN‘s Zhou Guanyu were also knocked out of the second round of qualifying but there was some good news for the Haas team as Magnussen made it into the final round of qualifying and so did both Scuderia AlphaTauri drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda who put in great lap times to make it into the top ten.

    Q3: Leclerc on Pole, Verstappen starts tomorrow’s race from eighth

    For the final round of qualifying, eight of the ten drivers went out on the soft tyre apart from Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda who both decided to stick on the intermediate tyres once again.

    After the first run, Lewis Hamilton was on for provisional pole position until the Monegasque driver came back on his second run to topple Hamilton with a 1:49.412 which saw the Scuderia Ferrari driver claim his ninth pole position of the season.

    Max Verstappen on the other hand had a poor end to qualifying as he was struggling in the final sector at the Singapore Grand Prix which led to him aborting his second run in an attempt to go for one more push lap however, near the end of the lap, he was told by the team to come into the pit lane as he needed to have at least one litre of fuel in his car in order to comply with regulations which leaves him eighth on the grid for tomorrow and with a lot of work to do.

    Perez will line up on the front row with Hamilton and Carlos Sainz behind him on the second row. Fernando Alonso earned himself a fifth-place start for tomorrow’s race alongside McLaren F1 Team’s Lando Norris in sixth place. Gasly will start in seventh place on the fourth row alongside Verstappen. Magnussen positioned ninth with Tsunoda completing the top ten.

    POS NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3
    1 16 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1:54.129 1:52.343 1:49.412
    2 11 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1:54.404 1:52.818 1:49.434
    3 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1:53.161 1:52.691 1:49.466
    4 55 Carlos Sainz SPA Scuderia Ferrari 1:54.559 1:53.219 1:49.583
    5 14 Fernando Alonso SPA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1:55.360 1:53.127 1:49.966
    6 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1:55.914 1:53.942 1:50.584
    7 10 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:55.606 1:53.546 1:51.211
    8 1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1:53.057 1:52.723 1:51.395
    9 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1:55.103 1:54.006 1:51.573
    10 22 Yuki Tsunoda JAP Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:55.314 1:53.848 1:51.983
    11 63 George Russell GBR Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1:54.633 1:54.012
    12 18 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 1:55.629 1:54.211
    13 47 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 Team 1:55.736 1:54.370
    14 5 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 1:55.602 1:54.380
    15 24 Zhou Guanyu CHI Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN 1:55.375 1:55.518
    16 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN 1.56:083
    17 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1:56.226
    18 31 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1:56.337
    19 23 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1:56.985
    20 6 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1:57.532

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